Over the last six months I’ve received a number of requests to join people’s networks on LinkedIn.
It’s not that I don’t see the benefit of posting my credentials on the Internet and refreshing connections (be they personal or professional).
It’s that I hate diddling around on the Internet.
Truly—give me a bunch of forms to fill out and an account to develop and I suffer strong feelings of resistance.
I don’t feel that way about using the Internet for work, by the way. Content management systems, blog platforms, website administration – that all seems like a puzzle to me and I get engaged with the process, committed to the results.
But developing an account for my kids’ camp registrations? Or my college alumni organization? Or Land’s End? Boring,boring, boring.
Nevertheless, the other night I had such a bad headache that I couldn’t sleep, so I decided to get up and get LinkedIn.
(It’s a homeopathic approach to work—if I already have a headache, I do a task that I know will give me a headache, and then the headaches sort of cancel each other out. )
So I created an account, filled in most of the fields, and accepted my contacts’ invitations. Then I started perusing my contact’s pages and lo and behold – I saw the light. Because suddenly I realized that some people knew people that I would like to contact. And the program actually dredges up other people that I may – or should – know, based on our education or experience. And oh yes, I did get in touch with people I hadn’t talked to in years. We’ve even arranged to Lunch.
What does this have to do with emotional intelligence? One of the foundations to emotional intelligence is knowing what our strengths and weaknesses are. The fact that I hate diddling around with Internet forms is a weakness of mine, especially in these days of social networking.
But the fact that I overcame my resistance and did something positive for my career? That’s a strength.
Next up: I link you in to a really good page about using LinkedIn skillfully.